Monthly Archives: April 2015

#ItStartedWithMom

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My mother was definitely one of my first creative influences. Dylana and I have teamed up with Sunglass Hut to celebrate our beautiful Mom and our love for her unique style. Everything she wore looked like it was made for her. But what she loved most was her accessories…especially sunglasses. The bigger the pair, the better. My mother is Chinese, born in Singapore, raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and she has that air about her. Her unique, exotic beauty is so alluring, and I swear, this woman never ages. Inside or out. She moved to London, where she grew taste for incredible fashion and eclectic style, before moving to our hometown, Santa Monica, California. The beach babe style officially coming out mixed in with her exotic finds from around the world. Along the way, she really developed her own unique taste. Stunning kimono jackets and fur wool coats. Beautiful mini dresses that showed off her long legs, paired with a great pair of vintage red sneakers back in the 90’s and a giant pair of round retro sunglasses. To this day, I’ll visit her in our LA home and she’ll immediately be showing me her latest finds from the back of her closet. Talking us into taking it back home to NYC with us. She taught me that quality matters over quantity, and to just have a small collection of beautiful things. Although she was one of Dylana and I’s main influences, I don’t think she really knew how much she had an impact on us. Creating us into the strong, independent women with a unique vision, and a dream. Encouraging us to hit the books and sit at our piano until late into the night…because being smart, creative, and fabulous is just the way she is. I can’t wait to celebrate the day with my Mom and surprise her with a brand new pair of sunglasses to add into her forever growing collection.

This Mother’s Day, I’ll be gifting my Mom more statement pieces to add into her already eclectic wardrobe.

My favorites? I love the classic Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and original aviator (because we can totally share). Along with VOGUE eyewear round sunglasses.

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// Sunglass Hut Ray-Ban metal round sunglasses + VOGUE Eyewear black sunglasses //

JUST PASSING THROUGH | REEF

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I officially own the Reef “rover” sneaker in every colorway. I survived Coachella with a daily switch-a-roo. Dancing my butt off in the desert heat. My black Rovers a classic, so I’ve worn them to perfection, but I love an unexpected pop of blue. But seriously, I cannot stress how comfortable they are. I have a little secret: I don’t even have to wear socks with them. They’re made for surfers, desert wanders, city hoppers, and everyone in between. In the coolest of places, and the hottest…aka PALM SPRINGS. Coachella this year felt a bit different from the rest. Less stressful, more time by the pool, and a lot less hectic getting to and from the festival. So long as I got to hear the sultry tones of alt-j, and Jack White’s “Ick Thump,” I was good to go. There may have been one point where I was asleep on the field, my head on my sister’s lap, waiting for the headliner, and just totally okay with it. Here’s to living the nomad life.

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// Reef rover sneakers, River Island dress, American Eagle shorts, O’neill x Anna Sui kimono, Liebeskind handbag //

POSTCARDS FROM COACHELLA

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Talk about the perfect midi. River Island nailed it on the head with this little black dress and I love how it subtly screams “festival”, without throwing too much fringe or crochet in your face! Sleek and simple, just the way I like it. Blending in with the black night desert sky, so clear you can see the stars. It’s the perfect backstage look…when you’re just leaving the festival and headed out to that party with the top secret address. Who says you need sleep anyways?!

Take a peek at our postcards from COACHELLA now on River Island.

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RIVER ISLAND AT COACHELLA

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You know how much I love my tie-dye and crazy Coachella prints, but lately, I’ve been a lot more minimal. River Island had me covered all weekend at Coachella, and we went with NEO-BLACK. Perfect suede mini-skirts, and retro silhouettes. Dark neutrals that sparkle in the sunlight, and a simple leather backpack to store all of my festival must-haves: sunscreen to lather on throughout the day, and loads of water to keep me fueled from show to show. I’m totally digging the more classic look come festival season. I can’t stress it enough: less is more, more, more!

Next to an overflown suitcase, I had my VIP ticket and just enough energy to get me through the 3 days of non-stop madness under the sun. Hopping from pool party to pool party, to just catching the sunset glow over the main stage. AC/DC totally killing the game. I swear nothing is better than some good ol’ rock n’ roll.

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// River Island crop top, mini skirt, and leather jacket //